Date of Award

Spring 1986

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Stephen A. Foster

Committee Member

J. S. Hamilton

Committee Member

Elizabeth Lipsmeyer

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H85J37


Troubadour poetry was a phenomenon which occurred in the South of France during the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries. The style was one of political and social invectives and panegyrics, as well as a sophisticated love poetry. The tradition flourished and then died with direct relations to the political and religious events of the era. Through this poetry, the modern reader can not only understand the feelings of the individual poets but also gain insights on the lifestyles of the period and the events which had a bearing on the history of the period. The troubadours were truly mirrors of their times, but they also influenced it.


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